Point Cook Action Group “Treasure Hunt”

TREASURE HUNT Jamieson Way Community Centre Market Day

When : Sunday 5th August 2018

Start Time : 10.00 AM

Finish Time: 2.30 PM followed by prize draw.

PCAG advocate passionately for our suburb and we want to share some of its hidden treasures with the community.

We have prepared a fun, self-guided tour for teams to explore our suburb, finding clues before returning with a completed guidebook to be in a grand prize draw.

 

(This is not a race, there is plenty of time for leisurely exploration)

Come and meet Captain Gutbucket in his Pirate Grotto at 9.30 am, prior to the official start, at Jamieson Way Community Centre.  After you have received the guidebook, decide your route and navigate safely to find the answers to the clues. Return your guidebook to our marquee at Jamieson Way Community Market to be in the prize draw.

 

  • The Point Cook Treasure Hunt is not a race: there is no advantage in driving quickly.
  • Participants must drive according to Victorian Road Rules and take care of other vehicles and pedestrians, particularly when exiting and entering car parks and when collecting “treasure”.
  • Point Cook Action Group accepts no responsibility for personal injuries or damage to vehicles whilst participating in this event.
  • Teams will follow the instructions in their allotted documentation.
  • Any participant tampering with clues, damaging or defacing property will be disqualified with their team.
  • Prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the judges. No refunds will be given.

Team Registration document or alternatively fill the below details and click submit : TreasureHunt_RegistrationDoc

 

Register on line, pay your $10 entry fee by Paypal and come prepared for an enjoyable day around Point Cook.

Click on the “buy now” button to register!
Please note once you have made payment the following will occur:
  1. You will be emailed a PayPal receipt to your registered PayPal email address.
 




Point Cook Pop Up Park

Activities For Everyone

There’s something for everyone at the Point Cook Pop Up Park. Bring your friends and family down to enjoy a wide range of daily activities. Grab a bite at one of the eateries and restaurants lining the streets. Listen to some live music. Bring a picnic rug or beanbag and relax at our pop up cinema, featuring family-friendly movies in the afternoon and movies for grown-ups later on. Fit in a bit of exercise with one of our yoga classes or just relax in the sunshine. There’s something happening every day at the Point Cook Pop Up Park.
www.pointcookpopuppark.com.au

The Museum of Australasia and the Pacific.

A Precinct Structure Plan is soon to be created for the land formerly known as the Point Cook ex Green Wedge as a first step in determining how the land could be used. When Wyndham City Council originally suggested to the State Government, around three years ago, that the land should be developed, they did suggest that up to 3,200 housed could be part of the plan. Obviously another 3.200 houses additional to hundreds already in the pipeline for Salt Water Coast and Life developments, will add to Point Cook’s already heavy peak hour traffic.’ We believe visitor traffic to the MAP would be off peak hour and mainly be via the Sneydes Road interchange and Hacketts Rd. The project would enormously benefit Wyndham’s existing tourism precinct (Werribee Mansion, State Rose Garden, National Equestrian Centre,Point Cook Aircraft Museum …. and more), in terms of visitor traffic. It would also generate local employment opportunities and potentially tie-in with the planned and educationally strong Werribee East project.

OBJECTIVE :

Point Cook Action Group Inc (PCAG) seeks expressions of interest from carefully selected major Australian corporations for a singular or joint philanthropic venture for Melbourne. We plan to ignite worldwide interest with the capacity to match or even surpass some of the World’s iconic modern architecture and tourism facilities. It has been a long time since an iconic and exciting project of this type has been undertaken and will be the only one of
this type undertaken in the growth corridor in the West of Melbourne.

GOALS :

To transform a 433-hectare section of under-utilized land located in the popular Melbourne suburb of Point Cook, close to the city, for an iconic facility that will compliment Melbourne’s and indeed Australia’s existing tourism opportunities. To assist in understanding and recognition of Australia’s Aboriginal community and bridge some of the cultural gaps that exist between mainstream Australia’s learning and knowledge and correct and explain the historical accuracies. This is particularly lacking in the Southern states of Australia. To fill an unfortunate gap with a learning and education centre for the diverse cultures of Australia and the Pacific region, such as Polynesia, Indonesia and the Torres Strait Islands, which despite being our close neighbours are relatively neglected in terms of our cultural heritage, particularly in comparison to our English and European ancestry.

CONCEPT:

• This Museum will celebrate Australia’s rich and ancient Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islands cultures
• Will highlight Australia’s huge mark on the entire world, achieved in only 230 years
• The rich and colourful indigenous cultures of the Pacific including Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Polynesian, Micronesian and Melanesian cultures.

VISION:

A modern, vibrant structure, not only visually exciting from the outside, but filled with the colour and amazing sounds of the myriad of Australian and Pacific indigenous cultures:
• Australia’s unique and ancient Aboriginal heritage
• A Maori war canoe experience, including clothing and traditional implements
• The energy of the Polynesian culture …… it’s art, traditions and lifestyle
• The creative energy of the Melanesian and Micronesian cultures including the danger and vibrancy that is Papua
New Guinea
• The varied and spectacular colour of the multitude of Indonesian cultures including traditional architecture and
dances, possibly utilizing video, holograms, and tactile experiences
• Live and audio-visual performances, bringing the kaleidoscope of the region’s exciting, varied, unique and colorful
culture into one centralized space, creating interest for Melbourne, but also for the Asia-Pacific region.

Genuine artifacts and the history and use of implements such as Fijian war clubs, the expanse of wood carving
throughout the region, palm frond weaving activities, Papua New Guinea head-dresses and masks to try on,
boomerangs of all types, woomeras, preservation and study of ancient rock art, and deciphering the mystical world of
totems. As well as live dance and music performance such as Balinese dance with a Gamelan orchestra, the world-famous Maori Haka and Pacific Island variations, the evocative beat and rhythms of wooden drums ……..all that is just a small part of the culture and colour of Australia and the Pacific region.. Then there are the Melanesian and Micronesian cultures with so many varied island groups containing a multitude of  traditions, with individual language and art variations that no-one in mainstream Melbourne even knows about yet. So many things to discover and preserve. And we have the chance with space in such a vibrant community so close to the middle of Melbourne.

More details on the concept and the proposal is available here : PCAG_Museum_Propsal.pdf

Point Cook Action Group Announces New Working Groups

Pencils on a blank notebookThe Point Cook Action Group has recently formed Working Groups to tackle specific issues within Point Cook. The purpose of the groups is to bring together both PCAG members and non-PCAG community members to work together towards certain goals, focusing on specific issues they are passionate about.

This is a very exciting new development within the PCAG, one which we believe will help bring our members together with the community.

The groups are as follows:

We are looking for more people to become involved, no matter how big or small the contribution. If you would like to be involved or would like more information, please contact us via info@pcag.org.au

Don’t forget you can follow us on Facebook or Twitter!

We look forward to this new step in our aim to help make Point Cook the fantastic place we all want to live in!

Point Cook Action Group 2017 New Board

A new Board was confirmed at the start of 2017

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Board Member Positions:

 

  • President – Bob Fairclough
  • Secretary – Christine McPherson
  • Treasurer – Acting Liz Thompson

General Board Members:

  • Susan McIntyre
  • Sara Mitchell
  • Roma Pederson
  • Senthill Sundaram
  • Karthick Thanigaimani
  • Paul Van Harder
  • Bruce Boddington

 

The new Board brings with it a variety of skill sets and passions, with all members focused on improving the standard and quality of living in the Point Cook area.

 

Planning Minister Matthew Guy says “We heard You!”

PCAG were invited to a meeting by the State Planning Minister The Hon Matthew Guy to discuss the issues we are currently facing, and how future plans for Point Cook and the surrounding area will deal with these. Also in attendance were Peter Seamer – Executive Officer of the Growth Areas Authority, MP Bernie Finn and MP Andrew Elsbury being the members for Western Metropolitan Region.

The meeting began with Andrew Elsbury introducing Matthew Guy to the group, Mr Guy began with “call me Matthew” and thanked us for coming to the meeting. He said that there wasn’t a day in his office that Point Cook didn’t come into discussion in some way. He congratulated the PCAG for “making ourselves known” and for “making enough noise”. He assured us with a few humorous murmurs from around the room “we heard you, we heard you in the papers, we heard you on the news, in all the letters (prompted Mr Seamer), we have heard you, we’re here aren’t we?” This prompted a few chuckles from the members of our group; it was a positive start to the meeting.

Sprawling a map of Wyndham across the table, which highlighted our growth areas and population hot spots, transport poor areas and circled intersections across the municipality in dire need of attention, Mr Guy began by saying he wanted us to understand that he had inherited the fiasco that is Point Cook without the funds to implement the necessary infrastructure neglected by the previous government. This much we knew. He went on to state that since he had been in power he had not approved a single new development in Point Cook; the ones that are continuing to go ahead were approved by the previous government. I personally acknowledged and thanked him for that on behalf of the PCAG.

We commenced general discussion about the Point Cook West Precinct Structure Plan (PCW PSP), in particular the diamond interchange at Sneydes Rd. Mr Guy expressed that their intentions were to move quickly on the Werribee Employment Precinct (WEP) to help fund the construction of the interchange. He also acknowledged that if even funding wasn’t an issue that it would not be an overnight fix and gave realistic timelines of when it would be constructed. He stated that together with council they had put in a joint submission through the federal Suburban Jobs Program to form a three tiered funding commitment for the interchange to boost jobs to the area. We felt that this was a fair approach since The Labor Party had caused the growth explosion without providing sufficient vital infrastructure for the area to cope.

In further discussions about the WEP, Mr Guy explained that the pocket of land was geologically stable which made it highly suitable to establish the area as a major data centre. This would create much needed employment in the IT sector for the area, a real positive for Point Cook with so many residents in the industry living here.

We found Mr Guy to be well-versed on the transport issues of Point Cook. As a Planning Minister his main focus was to create employment in the area to help alleviate the transport issues. We discussed our disappointment in the State Budget in relation to roads funding, poor bus services, lack of station parking and train services as well as the impact the Regional Rail Link (RRL) will make on the surrounding area. We questioned him about issues surrounding North Melbourne station and the impact of the more trains to that station. He adequately explained that upgrades were going ahead to North Melbourne station as part of the RRL that would prevent the crisscross that currently occurs between suburban and country trains.

Also discussed were the plans for a Ferry Service to the Melbourne Central Business District (CBD) being part of the transport solution for the area. Mr Guy explained the difficulties they are facing from old policy hurdles to funding in order to make this a reality. He said they were currently doing a feasibility study and mentioned those who were in support of plans. We expressed our reservations and had questions regarding the ferry that did not get answered due to time constraints but will most likely be answered through the feasibility study or in further discussions.

Mr Guy had another function to attend in Werribee and he had already run over time, Bernard Reilly thanked him on behalf of the group for his time. It went so quick and we had so much more to discuss. To our surprise Mr Guy offered to come back and have another meeting with PCAG. He then offered to come in peak hour traffic to experience firsthand the pain we feel in trying to get out of our own suburb. We were all very pleased. We felt he clearly understood the issues of Point Cook and he gave us hope that they were working towards viable solutions. It was a positive meeting.

We are not naive and we know that we need to hold Mr Guy and his Government accountable. We can only keep pushing the transport/infrastructure issues and continue making ourselves heard.

As Mr Guy was preparing to leave I couldn’t help myself from requesting Mr Elsbury take him via “Russian Roulette”. Mr Guy looked at me a little perplex so I explained that I meant the intersection Forsyth/Old Geelong Road. A death trap by day, but without a light pole at night time it was “Russian Roulette”. As he conversed with Mr Finn about it I cheekily asked if he could tack a light pole onto his expense account, lucky for me they both had a sense of humour. Hey, can’t blame me for trying!

This meeting was a real turning point for PCAG.  Despite only being an Incorporated Association for five short months, this meeting demonstrated the level of impact we have been able to make already. We are proud not only of ourselves but of everyone involved. The residents who have taken the time to write letters, send emails, comment in the papers and on our various social media profiles, called radio stations, attended meetings, became members supporting the group financially for our campaigns and even those who just bought a hot dog at our BBQ. We all achieved this together. No matter what anyone says it was a positive start and a big win for the Residents of Point Cook.

As I write this blog post today I am even more delighted to hear the news that the Point Cook West Precinct that we lobbied so hard for as a group has not been approved for development as a new suburb as part of the announcement that Matthew Guy made today. He was due to announce 6-8 new suburbs, with Point Cook West rumoured to be one of them. Matthew Guy seems to have stood by his word and Point Cook West has not been approved for development (at this time). It is equally pleasing to see that Matthew Guy is standing by the commitment he made in our meeting regarding the need to provide infrastructure prior to releasing more land for development in Point Cook.

This is a direct result of Point Cook residents fighting hard to ensure our community is developed in a sustainable manner. On behalf of PCAG, I would like to thank all those involved.

Wyndham City Unveils Proposed 2012/13 Budget

Wyndham City is encouraging residents to have their say on plans for the municipality over the next 12 months, with plans unveiled for $83 million in capital works, along with a modest 5.5 per cent average rates rise as part of the proposed 2012/2013.

From improvement works at the Wyndham Leisure and Events Centre to interactive kiosks at some of Wyndham’s libraries, the proposed budget has a wide range of Capital Works and new initiatives.

The proposed budget, which was endorsed by Wyndham City at a special meeting on Monday, includes an increase in the municipal charge from $37.30 to $39.25 and the garbage charge from $224 to $254.25. The increased garbage charge is significantly impacted by the increase in the State Government EPA levy from $44 per tonne to $48.40 per tonne as well as the introduction of the Carbon Tax.

Key projects that are part of the proposed $83.83 million Capital Works budget include:

  • Tarneit Garden’s Community and Ageing Well Centre – $9.4 million
  • Redevelopment of Wyndham Leisure and Events Centre at 80 Derrimut Rd– $9.36 million
  • Hacketts Rd Reconstruction (Sneydes Rd to Urban Growth Boundary) – $3.28 million
  • Wootten Road Reserve – $2.97 million
  • Alamanda Kindergarten and Children’s Centre – $2.28 million
  • Heathdale Glen Orden Pavilion refurbishment – $2.26 million
  • Tarneit North Kindergarten and Children’s Centre – $2.18 million
  • Hogans Road Oval 2 Reconstruction – $1.85 million
  • Princes Highway Service Rd (Frederick Court to No. 309) – $1.45 million
  • Galvin Park Soccer Pitch Construction (four pitches) – $874,000
  • Neighbourhood park upgrade and renewal (city-wide) – $769,000
  • Hogans Road change rooms, car park and part cost of Pavilion – $627,000
  • Design of Williams Landing Oval – $431,000 (funded through developer contributions)
  • North Gateway Drive (Greens Rd to Feathertop Drive), Wyndham Vale – $405,000
  • Design of Tarneit Library – $338,000
  • Major Gateway Landscape program – $308,000
  • Diggers Road Guard Rails – $205,000

Wyndham City has also proposed $1.11 million for new initiatives in key service delivery areas including:

  • Development of Signage for Historical Tourism Sites in Wyndham
  • Interactive Children’s Kiosks at three of Wyndham’s Libraries
  • Staging of increased events to further develop relationships with the business community
  • Increased tree planting in parks
  • Expansion of the City’s Senior’s Festival
  • Development of a site structure plan for 1160 Sayers Road
  • Environmental Risk Assessment, adaption Research and Modelling.

Wyndham Mayor Cr Kim McAliney said the 2012/2013 proposed budget provided a balance between delivering vital services and capital works for the fastest growing City in the State while demonstrating financial responsibility.

“While this draft budget has been months in the making, it’s not complete until we have heard from the community,” Cr McAliney said.

“The first stage of community consultation allowed residents and community groups to have their say on what they would like to see in the budget. Items included in the proposed 2012/2013 budget based on previous community consultation include signage for historic sites in Wyndham and the creation of a fenced dog off lead park in Point Cook. We’re now asking residents to review the draft budget and submit their feedback before it is formally adopted next month.”

“The proposed average rates increase of 5.5 per cent demonstrates Wyndham City’s commitment to reducing the burden on ratepayers, while allowing enough of an increase to fund vital projects and maintain financial sustainability. The residential rates increase is set at 4.54 per cent, however being a revaluation year – the rates increase or decrease could vary for each property depending on the valuation.”

“Wyndham City’s proposed capital works program of $83.83 million provides vital capital works for the growing City, while demonstrating the necessary restraint to ensure long term financial sustainability in light of the broader economic climate. In 2012/13 Wyndham City is proposing to spend $45.74 on new assets and the remaining $38.09 million on asset upgrades, balancing the need to provide new infrastructure in growth areas with the need for renewal in more established suburbs.”

“As part of the $83.83 capital works program, $37.08 million will be spent on buildings, $11.18 million on open space and associated developments and $29.13 million on roads and pavements.”

“The proposed 2012/13 budget Council features over $4 million for services for young families. This includes $1.2 million on 93 kindergarten groups in 21 centres for approximately 2,050 children, almost $2.4 million for enhanced maternal and child health services for children from birth to 4 to support over 3,500 births anticipated this financial year and $346,472 for facilitated playgroup support for community run playgroups.”

“Wyndham’s parks, gardens and reserves will also get a boost this budget, with 5 new sporting ovals to be constructed in 2012/2013 and $250,000 to be spent on planting trees in parks across the municipality, in addition to the $500,000 being spent on street trees.

“Ultimately, the works and services provided by the proposed 2012/2013 budget are funded by ratepayers, so I encourage residents to take time to read through the document and have their say. In previous years, Wyndham City has been able to accommodate a number of different suggestions from funding for community groups to capital works at local sporting grounds.”

A public meeting to discuss the proposed budget will be held on Thursday, 24th May 2012. Residents and stakeholders then have until 5pm, on Monday, 11th June 2012 to provide feedback on what is proposed. 

PCAG has the opportunity to provide feedback to Wyndham City on this proposed budget. What sort of things would you like us to put forward in relation to this budget on your behalf?  Tell us in the comments below.

Point Cook Issues Overlooked In 2012-13 Victorian State Budget

The 2012-13 Victorian State Budget was handed down in Parliament by the Treasurer on 1 May 2012.

It is interesting to see that there is a press release from the Treasurer titled, Coalition Government 2012-13 Budget to drive economic growth, generate jobs, deliver major infrastructure and improve community services, but when you read the detail it becomes apparent that they weren’t referring to doing any of this in Point Cook!

Wyndham Mayor, Cr Kim McAliney sums it up pretty well in a recent press release stating that The State Budget’s Approach In Growth Areas Is Irresponsible. The press release goes on to say:

Despite being the fastest growing City in Victoria, the State Government has failed to recognise Wyndham City’s dire infrastructure needs in the 2012/13 Budget – a move which has been questioned by Wyndham Mayor, Cr Kim McAliney.

On top of the existing 5 growth fronts already in Wyndham, the State Government is frantically pushing ahead with planning for a further 15 growth fronts which will accommodate 180,000 people.

In a show of disregard for the City’s growth, the State Government has not committed funding in this Budget to any new bus routes, or schools and no new funding for arterial roads or upgrades has been provided.

Wyndham Mayor Cr Kim McAiiney said the budget demonstrated a lack of understanding of the issues facing the State’s rapidly growing outer West and growth areas.

“This budget completely neglects the needs of our growing community particularly in the areas of transport, infrastructure and education,” Cr McAliney said.

“It is incredibly short sighted of the State Government not to fund infrastructu re projects and services, while our residents spend hours each week stuck in endless traffic jams, packed like sardines into infrequent trains and waiting for non-existent services to arrive.”

“The pace of growth in the outer suburbs including Wyndham means we need new schools, new bus services and upgraded arterial roads each and every year, without fail. If the State wants a year off from providing the infrastructure, then stop the growth for a year.”

“If Wyndham City is forced to wait until next financial year for major project funding, and several years for construction, another 30,000 to 40,000 people will have moved into the municipality in that time and further increased pressure on infrastructure.”

“Fundamental infrastructure such as additional bus routes and addressing congestion and safety concerns by fixing Dohertys Road and Old Geelong Road at Forsyth Road cannot be ignored.”

“Similarly, the Point Cook South Prep -9 school is now at least 2 years behind schedule and the other schools in Point Cook simply cannot cope. The State Government is not addressing these issues but is pushing for this City to continue to grow. This will further exacerbate these problems.”

“Wyndham City welcomes funding for fixing Galvin Park Secondary College and works at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Funding for completing the construction at Manor Lakes Prep-12 College and Tarneit Central Prep-9 School, Palmers Road overpass and Regional Rail Link trains were either promised in previous years or is necessary to complete existing projects.”

“Wyndham City will continue advocating to the State Government for additional funding for infrastructure and services. However in the recent past Wyndham City has refused to support two growth area plans and may need to further review its support for future plans if the State Government cannot provide the essential infrastructure for new communities.”

Let us know what your thoughts are on the 2012-13 Victorian State Budget and what it means for residents of Point Cook in the comments below.

Licence to Neglect!

I attended the Transport rally for Wyndham’s roads to be improved organised by Greg Byrne on the weekend.  I have come to the conclusion that even if we could blink and duplicate roads around Wyndham it would do little to fix the traffic congestion in the future. The freeway runs at a pathetic crawl and the Westgate Bridge is crumbling under the weight of the traffic. Duplicating roads around Wyndham may make some of these death traps safer but let’s not kid ourselves we are still growing. There are more developments about to be released in Point Cook and many more across Wyndham, these “duplicated” roads would be beyond capacity before they are even completed.

The fact is politicians love pointing the finger and looking for someone to blame it would be so refreshing if they spent their time trying to find a real solution. Residents don’t want excuses they want action. The real issue is that only about 30% of the population living in Wyndham works in Wyndham. They need to stop building houses and start building jobs in the area. They also need to provide decent, safe, efficient and affordable public transport as well as transfer more freight to rail to reduce the number of heavy vehicles on our roads.

I used to think that the biggest problem with the west was silence, no one speaking out about the blatant neglect but it’s not. The biggest issue we have here is INACTION! The sad thing is I am not talking about the councillors or even the politicians but rather the residents of Wyndham.

The biggest issue we have here is INACTION!

Greg is a passionate Wyndham resident who has been campaigning on the issue of poor roads across Wyndham for years. I would encourage you all to get behind this campaign by joining the Facebook Group Fix Wyndham’s Roads Now! and more importantly, turning up to any of the rally’s organised to physically demonstrate the strength of this campaign through numbers.

I had the impression that with so many people on various Facebook pages and commenting in the papers about the transport/roads issues that finally people were sick of the neglect enough to stand up and do something about it, sadly I was wrong. When push comes to shove and a call to arms is put out as Greg did with the transport rally on the weekend, few new people actually turned up. I wonder whether all these people commenting really do give a dam? Do they want to make a difference? Or are they all just there for a whinge?

I see the same dedicated group of residents who write letters to politicians, attend council meetings, public meetings, PCAG meetings and rally’s to the point where I recognise their family members. Why are we the only ones making the effort when there are so many just making a lot of noise about the issues and then excuses for inaction? It is not like me to be all grumpy and cynical but even I am beginning to question whether or not we wasting our time? Should we too leave it to someone else fix? After all it’s not like we don’t have families, jobs or a busy life as well. It is all good and well to speak up, but sometimes you need to make the effort to turn up too – not always, but at least sometimes.

I believe that the real reason the West is neglected is because few people turn up to make those in power accountable; this gives them the right to turn a blind eye to what is going on and hands them a continued licence to neglect. What are you going to do about that?

Point Cook Action Group Set To Launch New Logo At Meet And Greet

Members of the Point Cook Action Group are counting down the sleeps until the PCAG Meet and Greet to be held at Gypsy Road at the Point Cook Town Centre a week from today at 7pm on Friday 23 March 2012.

Not only is this the opportunity for members of the Point Cook Action Group to meet with other members of the community in a social setting to informally discuss local issues, but it will also be when the new PCAG logo, designed by one of our local residents and members (Liz Thompson of Caliba), is officially launched.

The PCAG Meet and Greet is open to anyone that wishes to come and is a great opportunity for members of the community to get together to build on the fantastic community spirit that Point Cook already possesses.

We want to celebrate one on the best things about Point Cook which is the community spirit here. We have had so many residents putting hands up to personally print and deliver flyers objecting the PCW PSP now we have even had a wonderful resident make up his own flyer to raise awareness for our meet and greet which he is printing and distributing.

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